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Juniper Estate Reviews and awards

Barry Weinman, Fine Wine Club.com.au
Juniper Cornerstone Karridale Chardonnay 2019 - 95 Points
'Wow. This wine is intense, punchy and impactful, yet it’s only medium bodied, with the peachy fruit really building in the glass. The palate is textured, chewy and almost a meal in itself. Yet this is restrained, taut and…Read More
Annette Lacey MW, WinePilot.com.au
Juniper Cornerstone Karridale Chardonnay 2019 - 95 Points
'I do love a Chardonnay, so was really excited to look at the new vintage of the Juniper Estate. 2109 was a cooler vintage in Margaret River and you can see that in the white stone fruit notes and the fresh grapefruit acid. There…Read More
Selector Magazine Jan/Feb 2021 issue
Juniper Estate Aquitaine Blanc 2018 named in Top 50 wines of 2020
The Highlights 'Sauvignon Blanc’s popularity may have spawned from over the ditch, but frankly, the quality of West Australian Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon Sauvignon Blanc is far superior. I love the somewhat newish…Read More
Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Real Review.com.au
Juniper Cornerstone Karridale Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 - 95 Points
'A deep, purplish cabernet at the rounder, more lush end of the spectrum. Aromas of dark plum, other black fruits, and even a hint of mango on the nose are smartly dressed in old oak. Smooth and seamless with perfectly integrated…Read More
Aaron Brasher, The Real Review.com.au
Juniper Cornerstone Wilyabrup Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 - 95 Points
'A herbal, floral edge on the nose, with bay-leaf and a brambly redcurrant fruit character. There is a prettiness and lift to the bouquet. The flavours are mid to heavy-weight, with a briary blackcurrant drive, with some dark…Read More
Ray Jordan, Winepilot.com.au
Juniper Cornerstone Wilyabrup Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 - 96 Points
'One of two cabernets released under the new brand and I particularly love this stylish wine. The difference between this and the Karridale cabernet is most noticeable with the Wilyabrup providing a wine with more generous body…Read More
Ray Jordan, Winepilot.com.au
Juniper Cornerstone Karridale Chardonnay 2019 - 96 Points
'This is part of a new Juniper range with the fruit sourced from Karridale at the Higher Plane vineyard further to the south of Margaret River town. The 100% Gingin clone was handpicked in small batches and then whole bunch…Read More
Ray Jordan, Winepilot.com.au
Juniper Cornerstone Karridale Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 - 93 Points
'In many ways a tricky vintage that extended for a long period after a little early rain. The wine is predominantly cabernet sauvignon with about 5% malbec and the cooler subregion of Karridale has certainly played a part in…Read More
Ray Jordan, Winepilot.com.au
Juniper Estate Single Vineyard Shiraz 2017 - 94 Points
'A wonderful example of shiraz from old vines and in recent years there appears to be a definite aim to lighten these wines without compromising flavour and intensity. This is more medium bodied and so, so elegant and poised.…Read More
Ray Jordan, Winepilot.com.au
Juniper Small Batch Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 - 93 Points
'This is such a bright and juicy blend bursting with lively ripe fruits delivered with high energy. It’s cabernet dominant using small amounts of merlot, petit verdot and malbec. This was a cooler vintage, and it shows in…Read More
Ray Jordan, Winepilot.com.au
Juniper Small Batch Fiano 2020 - 93 Points
'Mark Messenger is making quite a statement with this southern Italian variety. A little over half is fermented in stainless steel with lees stirring while the remainder goes into old oak for about six months with regular…Read More
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.com
Juniper Cornerstone Karridale Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 - 94 Points
'I think this replaces the Higher Plane Cabernet. Raspberry coulis, mint, tobacco and black olive, wet earth, pencil oak. It’s medium-bodied, fresh and supple, dense in flavour with fine-grained tannin, regal carriage, and…Read More
Barry Weinman, Fine Wine Club.com
Juniper Estate Shiraz 2017 - 93 Points
'Liquorice and ripe fruit to the fore. Dense, chewy, textured, yet not heavy or cloying. This is a rich wine, yet it has been very well handled in the winery, resulting in a silky, mouth-coating wine with fine, texturing tannins.…Read More
Huon Hooke, The Real Review.com
Juniper Cornerstone Karridale Chardonnay 2019 - 95 Points
"Medium to light, bright yellow colour, with a creamy, hazelnutty bouquet, butterscotch and lemon juice. The acidity is fine and bright on the tongue, the aftertaste taut and lingering. It has impressive power and concentration…Read More
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.com
Juniper Estate Shiraz 2017 - 92 Points
'Dried red fruits, beef, spice, and maybe some liquorice. It’s medium-bodied, concentrated and spicy/savoury, a slight juniper berry twang, black olive and ripe silty tannin. A little truffle in the mix too. Has a sort of…Read More
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.com
Juniper Crossing Chardonnay 2019 - 91 Points
'The name almost sounds astronomical. Lemon and lime, some flint and smoke. maybe some butter, and provencal garden kind of smells. It’s tangy and crunchy, mainly citrus flavoured, with some yoghourt in the mix. Finish has…Read More
Ray Jordan, The West Australian
Juniper Crossing Chardonnay 2019 - 92 Points
'This second tier from Juniper has been steadily improving and this marks another step, interesting inclusion od additional clones. It's all barrel fermented and some of that is contributing to its deep complexity. Time on lees…Read More
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.com
Juniper Estate Aquitaine Rouge 2017 - 95 Points
'Cabernet Sauvignon 51%, Malbec 22%, Merlot 16%, Petit Verdot 7%, Cabernet Franc 4%. I’ve said it before, but I really like this dark, tightly knit, medium-bodied intensity that 2017 MR reds bring to the table.Dark fruit,…Read More
Peter Forrestal, Money
Juniper Crossing Shiraz 2018 features in Top 20 Wines for 2021
'Juniper Estate’s Mark Messenger makes a substantial raft of wines, all of which represent value for money. Here’s a good example: bright blackberry and dark plum aromas, smooth fleshy texture with good depth,…Read More
Halliday's Top 100 Wines 2020
Juniper Crossing Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2018 - 95 Points
'Bright, clear crimson-purple; this punches way above its weight from the outset. Supple cassis and persistent - but silky - tannins sketch the outline of a wine with freshness and a balance that will sustain its shape for…Read More
James Halliday's Top 100 Wines 2020
Juniper Crossing Chardonnay 2019 - 93 Points
'Hits the target fair and square in a laid-back Margaret River style without the need for new oak. There's depth and complexity in the grapefruit and stone-fruit palate with its faintly funky edge adding interest and length. A…Read More
Huon Hook, The Real Review.com
Juniper Estate Malbec 2017 - 93 Points
'Very deep, dark, brooding purple colour, with a slightly raw, super-ripe black fruit and violet aroma, the palate is full-bodied and rich, concentrated and tannic, with a good depth of sweet fruit in the centre and then a drying…Read More
Stuart Knox, The Real Review.com
Juniper Crossing Chardonnay 2019 - 92 Points
'Medium pale-lemon colour. Bright lemon curd, hot rocks and roast caramel on the nose. Lemon and lime custard flows across the palate with side shows of struck flint and crushed almonds. Acid drives it long and there's a lovely…Read More
Ray Jordan, The West Australian
Juniper Estate Aquitaine Rouge 2017 - 94pts
'This is a Bordeau blend where the varieties were vinified separately and then blended after 18 months in oak. It's a balanced and poised blend with the leafy Cabernet augmented neatly with the other four varieties. Powdery…Read More
Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.com
Juniper Small Batch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 - 93+ Points
'It’s made mostly with Cabernet Sauvignon from the Wilyabrup sub-region but it also includes Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. $27 for a wine that’s nearly 90% Wilyabrup cabernet. Not a bad starting point. It spent 15…Read More
Campbell Mattinson, The WineFront.com
Juniper Crossing Shiraz 2018 - 92+ Points
'It’s a $25 wine and yet it’s hand-picked in four separate passes (over 22 days), it’s matured in three different-sized oak formats, it sees some whole bunches, 94% of it is sourced from estate dry-grown…Read More
Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.com
Juniper Crossing Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2018 - 92 Points
'I like the firmness of this release. It’s a medium-weight wine but there’s a bit of grunt to the finish and that’s a good thing. Fire up the grill and sink into a bottle of this and you’re away. Currants…Read More
Huon Hooke, The Real Review.com
Juniper Crossing Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2018 - 91 Points
'Bright, deep, purple/red colour. The bouquet is fresh and bright, intense and clean, loaded with blueberry, blackberry and violet aromas. Very regional. The wine is full-bodied and deliciously juicy, the accessible sweet fruit…Read More
Stuart Knox, The Real Review.com
Juniper Small Batch Tempranillo 2018 - 92 Points Top Value, Top Rank
'Bay leaf, blackcurrants and smoke lift from the glass. Dark berries run the central-palate line, with subtle brushstrokes of bay leaf and rosemary. A deep roast meat note lingers on into the finish. Fine tannin and acid…Read More
Huon Hooke, Huon Hooke.com
Juniper Crossing Shiraz 2018 - 92 Points
'Deepish red colour with a subtle tint of purple, and a bouquet that is dark-chocolaty and smacks of toasty, charred barrels. Roasted meats too. It's full-bodied and rich in the mouth, finishing with a big, firm grip and a long…Read More
Halliday Wine Companion 2021
Juniper Estate Aquitaine Rouge 2017 - 96 Points
'51/22/16/7/4% cabernet sauvignon/malbec/merlot/petit verdot/cabernet franc. Cold soak (4 days), open fermenters, 14-21 days on skins, mlf. Maturation in French barriques for 18 months (33% new). Old vine cabernet sauvignon is…Read More
Halliday Wine Companion 2021
Juniper Estate Aquitaine Blanc 2018 - 95 Points & Best of the Best
'63/37% sauvignon blanc/semillon. Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed to barrel, 10 months in mostly French barriques with some puncheons (20% new). Aquitaine celebrates the similarity of wine styles made in Margaret River to the…Read More
Halliday Wine Companion 2021
Juniper Crossing Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2019 - 95 Points & Best of the Best
'A 52/48% blend. Cultured yeast, 3 months on lees, barrel ferment for 4 months (5% new). Fruitful division of labour exhibited with the grassy, hay notes of semillon intertwined with the exuberant passionfruit pulp, tropical…Read More
Halliday Wine Companion 2021
Juniper Estate Single Vineyard Shiraz 2017 - 95 Points
'Cold soak (4 days), hand-plunged in 1t open fermenters and open-top barrels, mlf, 18 months in French oak hogsheads (33% new). A most persuasively elegant argument to buy a lot more Margaret River shiraz! Filled to brimming with…Read More
Halliday Wine Companion 2021
Juniper Estate Malbec 2017 - 94 Points
'A fine follow-up to the excellent '16 vintage, the '17 offers an earthy, gutsy red to get your teeth into. But not just yet. If you can wait, the pleasure will double; it's still in building mode. Deep garnet. Turned earth,…Read More
Halliday Wine Companion 2021
Juniper Estate Chardonnay 2018 - 94 Points
'Selected from best blocks on two vineyards at Wilyabrup and Forest Grove. Hand-picked, barrel fermentation and maturation in French oak for 10 months. A barrel-selected chardonnay with enticing, ripe aromas of stone fruit, melon…Read More
Halliday Wine Companion 2021
Juniper Small Batch Rose 2019 - 94 Points
'Bright, full crimson hue touched by salmon. A rich, layered rose with a mix of crunchy/juicy flavours all suggesting extended skin contact or some barrel ferment (or both). Interesting wine with plenty to say for itself.' Drink…Read More
Halliday Wine Companion 2021
Juniper Small Batch Tempranillo 2018 - 93 Points
'Hand-picked with the inclusion of 5% shiraz, 4 days cold soak, open-fermented, 14 days on skins, 15 months in used oak. A complex, medium to full-bodied tempranillo with greater weight and complexity than most, including black…Read More
Ray Jordan's Top 100 Reds
Juniper Small Batch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 - 93 Points
‘This small batch wine from Mark Messenger has been brilliantly put together. Loads of black plump fruit harness with exceptional use of oak to support the thread of chalky tannins. Totally integrated and smooth.’93…Read More
Huon Hooke, Huon Hooke.com
Juniper Estate Aquitaine Blanc 2018 - 92 Points
'Very light-yellow hue, with a pungent smoky, mineral, solidsy bouquet which hints at reduction as well as subtle barrel inputs. Slightly pungent passionfruit sauvignon varietal cues. There are some exotic Euro overtones here.…Read More
Nick Stock, James Suckling.com
Juniper Estate Single Vineyard Malbec 2017 (Released end of Winter 2020) - 93 Points
'There’s a very intense, rich, dark-mulberry and plum focus on the nose with an intense palate that delivers supple, round and fleshy appeal. Long and juicy. Drink or hold. Screw cap.'93 Points Nick Stock, James Suckling…Read More
Nick Stock, James Suckling.com
Juniper Estate Aquitaine Blanc 2018 - 93 Points
'Impressive, chalky-mineral accents with a fresh, lemon and grapefruit edge, as well as dried-mango notes and gently herbal nuances. The palate has a smooth, sleek and polished textural feel with silky lemons, framed in gently…Read More
Nick Stock, James Suckling.com
Juniper Small Batch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 - 92 Points
'Very attractive fruit purity with ripe dark-berry aromas, as well as sliced plums and forest wood. The palate has Juniper’s trademark tannin density, but delivers a supple version of this contained and powerful style.…Read More
Ray Jordan, The West Australian
Juniper Estate Aquitaine Blanc 2018 - 95 Points
‘This is a Sauvignon Blanc-dominated blend with Semillon. But this is not your usual fruity fare. It gets whole-bunch pressed straight into oak with about 20 per cent new. Wild yeast fermentation and then a further 10…Read More
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.com
Juniper Estate Aquitaine Blanc 2018 - 93+ Points
'Sauvignon Blanc 63%, Semillon 37%. 20% new French oak. Quince, pink grapefruit, ginger and clove oak, some snow pea and smoke. It’s juicy and tangy, flinty and smoky, oak spice laid in that perhaps needs a little more time…Read More
Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate
Juniper Estate Chardonnay 2018 - 91 Points
'A blend of Gin Gin and Clone 95, barrel fermented and aged in 45% new French oak for 10 months, the 2018 Estate Chardonnay delivers assertive citrus flavors underscored by smoky oak and streaks of pencil shavings. It's medium…Read More
Stuart Robinson, The Vinsomniac.com
Juniper Crossing Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2019 - 91 points
'It's a 52/48 blend of the two respectively. A small portion of the Semillon (5%) was fermented in barrel. Additionally there was stirring of the lees to build extra texture. Well it's certainly an expressive number: Citrus,…Read More
Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.com
Juniper Small Batch Tempranillo 2018 - 91 Points
'It’s made from four (sic) clones of Tempranillo growing on the Forest Grove property. It didn’t see any new oak. It includes a whisker of shiraz. It’s a drinker. As in, one sip and you just want to settle in…Read More
Stuart Robinson, The Vinsomniac.com
Juniper Small Batch Tempranillo 2018 - 91 points
Inclusion of 5% Shiraz; spends 15m (sic) in oak, no new. A darker manifestation of inky blue fruit: blueberries, cassis, smattering of violets. Feels light on entry, fleet of foot, before powder fine sweeps across the palate.…Read More
Western Suburbs Weekly
Rod Properjohn
He was Juniper Estate’s first winemaker when he joined owners Roger Hill & Gillian Anderson after they bought Wright’s Margaret River winery and vineyard in 1998. He hasn’t missed a beat since. A…Read More
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